Tennessee is the 16th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. Its most populous city is Memphis, and its capital is Nashville.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of other forms of same-sex partnership solemnized in other jurisdictions, was approved by voters in November 2006. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The case is Tanco v. Haslam.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Nashville approves domestic partner benefits for city, county workers

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Metropolitan Council on Tuesday voted to offer health insurance and pension benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of city/county "Metro" workers. The policy change applies to workers employed by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a city-county consolidated government.

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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An open letter to the ‘Christian’ man who would be ‘King’

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Darrell Trigg
If you haven’t heard of Darrell Trigg or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President. He really wants to be our King. The monarchs of old saw their leadership ordained by God, their authority blessed and their decrees sacrosanct and immediately actionable. Mr. Trigg’s view of himself coincides, as he states, “He has revealed Himself to me spiritually...” and “I know that it is His will for me to be the next President of the United States of America.”

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Lawmaker behind Tenn. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill compares Obamacare to Holocaust

| Monday, May 5, 2014
Stacey Campfield
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An anti-gay Tennessee state lawmaker who has spent much of his legislative career sponsoring anti-LGBT bills, has likened the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.

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Tenn. man wants to be President of U.S. on all Christian, all anti-gay platform

| Friday, May 2, 2014
Darrell Trigg
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee man has announced his candidacy for President of the United States, saying he will run on an an explicitly Christian, anti-gay platform.

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Tenn. wedding venue changes policy, will now host same-sex ceremonies

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee wedding venue that told two Iraq war veterans they could not host their commitment ceremony because same-sex marriage is illegal, has changed their policy and will now open their facilities to same-sex couples.

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Tenn. venue tells Iraq war vets to take their commitment ceremony elsewhere

| Monday, April 28, 2014
Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas
NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. -- Two Iraq war veterans planning their same-sex commitment ceremony say they have been told by a Tennessee wedding venue to go elsewhere because same-sex marriage is illegal in the state.

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Appeals court stays ruling that Tenn. recognize marriages of three gay couples

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
A federal appeals court has issued a stay in a district court's ruling that the state of Tennessee must recognize the legal out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples .

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Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate.

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Tenn. OKs religious freedom bill that could be a ‘license to bully’ gay students

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee state Senate on Monday passed a bill that seeks to expand religious liberty protections for students in public schools, a measure critics say could lead to hate speech against gays, and others, in public schools, all in the name of religion.

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